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  1. Amy
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    This might be my favorite post. Ever. Of all posts in the world. And also, I love Paul. And The People’s Cat.

    ~Amy
    http://www.lifeonhillst.com

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  2. Shelby
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    You are insanely hilarious and make me feel 100 times better about all my Christmas decorating neuroses. I made my husband stab 200 Shish kabob skewers into a Styrofoam ball because he bought a 9′ tree that dwarfed our previous tree topper in a way that was unacceptable. Now that it’s spray painted gold and looking all sputnik-y he’s very pleased with it but I’m sure he’d have been delighted to stage a mutiny a la Paul.

    Merry Christmas; please keep these brilliant posts coming and let us know when you write a book!

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  3. Jan
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    You. Kill. Me.
    I’m wheezing & looking for my inhaler from laughing so hard.
    Merry Christmas. Hope you get to relax & enjoy your hard work while recovering. Knowing you – you will come up with even more small “projects” 🙂

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  4. Jayne
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Great idea and looks “purrfect — especially Elvis!

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  5. Sue
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Your home is simply divine!

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  6. Lisa Schlesinger
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    You go girl! I am living vicariously thru you as I’m in a much simpler season and can truly laugh and shake my head in wonder and amazement, with a big fat grin on my face!! I’m wondering what January and February will bring…..

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  7. Lauren Ziemski
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Holy moses. I laughed good and hard at this post. Mostly at Paul’s decorating your mom and the cat, but seriously- were we separated at birth? Because your path and my path to making simple things complicated is IDENTICAL.

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  8. tammigirl
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    You had me at the self edit. My posts are sloppy and confusing, but whatever… they are JUST LIKE ME!

    Then, when you wrote about Paul setting you on fire and your mother thinking it was so adorable of him I knew you were stealing from my life to write your blog. So uncool, VEB, so uncool of you.

    Paul and Mom, meet Luis and Mom. The four of you are interchangeable. My mom calls Luis her “Golden Boy” and he know calls her his “Golden Girl” which I find hilarious because I was raised in the United States and he wasn’t. (He hadn’t seen Golden Girls when this amazing nickname came about, but since has)

    I would have also given my mother the scraps butchered by her amazingly perfect son-in-law and taken the new fabric for myself. Hey! This is what moms are for, Paul/Luis!

    We are living undoubtedly parallel lives except my house looks like crap right now. Nobody has helped me decorate. My mother has even failed to reshape the swags over my front door and windows after I have twice mentioned they need reshaped. She instead, both times, insisted they need something sparkly. Maybe I need to invite her over to add sparkly things to them and trick her into reshaping them while adding the sparkly things for me?

    Please. Help.

    P.S. What’s the plan for Haven this year? Do you still want to share a room and promise not to shuffle-walk?

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    • Kathleen
      December 18, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

      Okay girls, in self defense, I believe I speak for both of us (Tammi and Victoria’s mom) when I say you are indeed very special ladies in your own right and you are both married to Golden Boys! That does not, however, translate to “Perfect”. We do know they are not “Perfect” but they certainly are great men. As for the need for sparkle and shaping, I will be there as soon as this last little quilt is finished and sparkle and shape until you are begging me to go home! Be careful what you ask for.

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      • tammigirl
        December 18, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

        Pack your duds, mom. I’ll change the sheets in the guest room. Bring all your best ideas and any sparkly stuff you think I need.

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  9. Sharyl Murphy
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    What a great start to my afternoon…..a great laugh and great fun. Just think! You won’t even like those bows by next year! More crafting experiences on the way!

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  10. Andie
    December 18, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I was rolling right along with you. I really was. Enjoyed it too. I laughed when you laughed, cried when you cried. My ire was to the point of boiling when I read of the Great Sandwich Caper!
    Then it happened.
    Kin Jong- il is dead. You didn’t know, I’m sure. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Please don’t be too sad, though. His son, Kim Jong-un, is so much like him that his own people don’t even realize he is a different despot! Neither will your husband! Carry on!

    Merry Christmas!

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  11. pattie c
    December 18, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Looks like you need to invest in a rotary cutter and cutting mat and never let your husband near it. Free advise from someone who has made her own mistakes. The cat could of done a better job but maybe that was the plan all along.

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  12. Garden, Home and Party
    December 18, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    Not only are the pillows my favorite new idea I’ve seen in blog land, you make it sound like so much fun I’m tempted to try them for next year, with my sewing skills (not) if I start on them now I should be finished by December 1, 2014.
    P.S. Random question, what is the square hole in the wall that is framed out so attractively but appears to have no purpose in the image where you are standing but we can’t see your face, next to a heater vent?
    Karen

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  13. kerri
    December 18, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    “help me keep my brain inside my head rather than exploding out all over the place.”

    Do you have ADHD? LOL. And how come we don’t get to see your Mom’s face in the pic? Tell her not to be so camera shy! Oh, love the decorating you have done and I think you already “won” Christmas. Who were you competing with?

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  14. Ripple Dandelion
    December 18, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    I officially declare you the winner of Christmas, based on the experiences described in this blog post. If you don’t have the Christmas spirit (“this #*^%!! bow is going to look the way I want it or Christmas had just better not come this year”), then I don’t know who does.

    Also, highly approve of TED talk hatred. Though I’m sure I would like YOURS.

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  15. Eva
    December 18, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I would not advise getting your husband a rotary cutter and mat…the horror of what he could do with it! I do hope that someday you will write a book…you already have a following here! Love what you did with the pillows…good luck with your surgery.

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  16. Christy
    December 18, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Some of your best work. I’ve been a bit down and this was exactly what I needed! Thank you!

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  17. Marisa
    December 18, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    I love the look!! You are truly amazing but what really amazes me is that I understood what you said. Do you think I have a warped mind?? No I don’t mean you have a warped mind but your narrative made sense. I love you!!

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  18. Alex
    December 18, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    I am speechless. Given you know my love of crafting and ribbons. I am utterly speechless. I am going to hire you to make my order now seeing as the probability of me dragging out my sewing machine since the original post I wrote on it, is not going to happen at all.

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  19. Terri
    December 18, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Your pillows look fabulous, totally worth all the effort, tears, trips to fabric store, etc. Please don’t be depressed when I tell you the helper/husband thing doesn’t get better the longer you’re married. After 30 years of marriage I should know better. But no, I keep right on letting sweet, uncrafty husband help me AND being shocked when things don’t turn out quite right.

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  20. Sneza
    December 18, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Laughing spit-take over Paul… how long has he been married to you now???

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